New Year Concert 2020

Join us on Saturday 18th January at 7.30pm for a lovely programme of French music by Ravel, Poulenc and Bizet.  Light, whimsical and youthful, it will bring a refreshing feel to a January evening! The venue is Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South.

Far from being a funeral lament for a dead child as the title might suggest, Ravel’s ‘Pavane pour une infante défunte’ pictures a slow processional dance by a princess in the Spanish Court. The inspiration came from one of the paintings by Diego Velázquez, with Ravel admitting he chose the title because of the alliteration.  It’s one of his more famous pieces, originally composed in 1899 for solo piano, but reworked for orchestra in 1910.

The four movements of Poulenc’s Sinfonietta, written in 1947 are full of light, colour and detail, and undeniably whimsical in contrast to some of his later works.  Letchworth Sinfonia would like to thank the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for a grant enabling this performance.

Georges Bizet’s 1st Symphony in C major was never performed in his lifetime, having been written as a composition exercise, whilst he studied under Charles Gounod at the Paris Conservatoire aged just 17. The manuscript only came to light, years after being donated to the Conservatoire’s archives by his widow, and the first performance did not take place until 1935, when it was quickly acclaimed as a youthful masterpiece.


Maurice Ravel
:  Pavane pour une infante défunte
Francis Poulenc: Sinfonietta
Georges Bizet:  Symphony No. 1


Concert details

Saturday 18th January, 7.30pm
Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South, Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

Tickets are £12 on the door, £10 in advance (£5 for students) available

  • From Discover Letchworth, One Garden City, Broadway, Letchworth SG6 3BF, tel 01462 530360
  • Buy your ticket online, to collect on the day - email [email protected]

Buy your ticket early and get a £2 discount

We offer great value for money with our tickets - if you book ahead then you can save £2 a ticket, paying £10 rather than the full price of £12.  In order to take up this great offer, you can pre-buy your ticket at Discover Letchworth, One Garden City, Broadway, Letchworth SG6 3BF, tel 01462 530360  or by emailing [email protected]  giving your name, email address and how many tickets you'd like.  We will then get back in touch with you to confirm and arrange payment which must be received before the date of the concert itself.

Summer Concert 2020

Save the date - Sunday 14th June 2020.  More details to come.

Come and play day - Sunday 4th October 2020

Our annual Come and play day is informal, good fun, and a great way to meet the orchestra, especially if you think you'd like to join us! 

Save the date for Sunday 4th October - details about the programme will appear during 2020.

The venue is The Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City. SG6 4UB